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U2's Age Against the Machine

Many of today’s top touring artists, including Taylor Swift, One Direction, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Beyoncé, use huge catwalk stages and expansive video displays. But none of them has shared their spotlight with gadgetry in quite the way U2 does during “Innocence + Experience”.

At New York’s Madison Square Garden in July, band members climbed inside a 96-foot-wide LED cage to perform a few songs while suspended above a stage shaped like a lower-case “i” and “e” (resembling, fittingly, an exclamation point). The 480-panel cage transmitted live images to the audience, but it also functioned as the band’s advocacy tool, hiding place and chapel …


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